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Portraits of Our Community: The Toscas Family

A portrait of an LFC family.

This week, as part of our series, "Oui" are the Lycée: Portraits of our Community*, we are delighted to learn more about the Toscas, an American family of Greek and Latino descent who joined the Lycée in 2012. Diana and George Toscas have two children, James in Grade 8 and Elena in Grade 5.

Tell us about yourselves.

We are a multicultural American family of four, from Chicago.  My family migrated from Greece to the US about 100 years ago, and Diana’s family came in the 1970s from Puerto Rico and Honduras. I have a real estate firm and my wife works in software engineering. We live a few blocks from the Lycée in Lincoln Square.  

Why is the LFC a good fit for you?

The Community:  It took time to appreciate, but the Lycée in Chicago is a magnificent community with strength that is underpinned by the high level of commitment it takes from parents and students, led by the administration. I would compare it to boarding a boat and taking a long journey. The passengers on the boat are the students and parents, and the administration is the crew. Everyone is on the same boat making the same journey, regardless of individual opinions and beliefs. The journey is the common thread through everything, uniting the parent and student community to support each other and the administration. For any parent that is prepared to board the boat, the journey is well worth it!

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise our readers.

Thanks to Diana, we have hosted nine international students in our home over the years during the school year and summer through exchange programs, word of mouth, or friends of friends. The students have been from all over France, Columbia, Spain, Cameroon and a small French territory, Mayotte, off the southeast coast of Africa. Our dinner table has always been full, and this has provided our family with exposure to many cultures.  

* Note: If you are interested in being featured in the "Oui" are the Lycée: Portraits of our Community series, please contact